'Six hundred' inmates involved in prison riot at HMP Birmingham


Up to 600 inmates are thought to be involved in an ongoing riot which has spread to four wings at a privately-run jail, Sky sources say. At least three prisoners have been wounded, including one "badly injured", and inmates have set fires during a disturbance at HMP Birmingham, in Winson Green. The trouble reportedly started when prisoners broke lights, got hold of fire hoses and then one officer was threatened with a used syringe by an inmate before another took his keys. Prisoners have taken over the gym, pharmacy and security equipment store which includes batons, according to Sky sources. The inmates are believed to be in control of wings L, M, N and P at the jail which has a capacity of 1,450 male prisoners.